The Only Thing The "Closed" Lighthouse Park Missed Is Face Masks

Today, RIOC Reopens Parks They Never Closed

Updated 7 weeks ago David Stone
If Lighthouse Park was closed, nobody but RIOC knew about it. Maskless visitors relaxed in every corner.
If Lighthouse Park was closed, nobody but RIOC knew about it. Maskless visitors relaxed in every corner.
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"Please be advised that all Roosevelt Island parks will open tomorrow, Fri., Aug. 7th," RIOC announced, adding, "Thank you for your patience." But that was hardly required because they never closed in the first place.

RIOC's ongoing bungling of communications around Tropical Storm Isaias reached a peak of unintended hilarity as the state agency proudly announced the reopening of parks that never closed. It was surreal.

Who needs face masks on a sunny afternoon in "closed" Lighthouse Park?"
Who needs face masks on a sunny afternoon in "closed" Lighthouse Park?"
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Baseball practice filled Pony Field where unaddressed trees lay fallen over the fence in left field since Tuesday. No sign of RIOC's attention. The broken trees remained in pristine condition, torn free from their roots, undisturbed by clean up crews.

Then, we followed runners, Citi Bike riders and strollers into Lighthouse Park. 

A highlight, the only face mask - besides ours - in "closed" Lighthouse Park.
A highlight, the only face mask - besides ours - in "closed" Lighthouse Park.
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Nowhere was there any indication of a closing. No signs. No cops. And in their absence, no face masks in the "closed" parks.

Untended debris along the seawall failed to reduce visitors in the "closed" park.
Untended debris along the seawall failed to reduce visitors in the "closed" park.
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It was as if we fell back a year and COVID and Isaias never happened, except for the debris still scattered around the most hard hit areas on Roosevelt Island.

Canadian geese unperturbed by alleged park cleanup.
Canadian geese unperturbed by alleged park cleanup.
© David Stone/Roosevelt Island Daily
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